Long time no see bloggers. I’ve been pretty hectic recently with work, traversing the north of England by train and filming frontline NHS staff for a really exciting project we are doing with NHS England.
A quick word here about the British National Health Service. I cannot praise it enough. Over the past few weeks I have met men and women (midwives, physiotherapists, dentists, nurses and more) who see their jobs almost as a calling. They are so incredibly passionate about the jobs they do, and dedicate their entire careers to looking after patients in stressful and (more often than not) budget tight settings. I know many people have plenty of negative things to say about the NHS from a service user point of view – but I cannot help but think how fortunate we are, from an international perspective, to have this gigantic infrastructure of caring individuals looking after us. For free. Incredible. Also, if you do have negative things to say – they want to hear about it. Read more here.
As much as I do love my job, it has severely eaten into my sewing time over the past few weeks. I have however managed to make a couple of small purses, that I thought I’d share with you tonight.
My lovely friend Caroline gave me a huge batch of sample interior fabrics that she’d amassed while working for Missoni Home. I know right – it’s like the best present ever. I mean look at these colours!
I was dying to make something with it, and found this tutorial on Sew Bon for a really cute leather scallop zipper clutch. I have been in desperate need of a new wallet for a while, my old one being a faux leather coin purse from H&M that had been dying a slow death for some time. Not being very keen on big clunky wallets with a gazillion pockets, I decided to make one as a smaller version of the zip clutch.
I have a small stash of ‘bargain basket’ leather pieces that I picked up in Copenhagen a few months ago and have been tooing and froing over what to use it for. I got the just the inspiration I needed in this tutorial.
Apart from reducing the size to 7″ by 5″, I made some further adjustments to Erin’s original tutorial. I scrapped the scalloped shape of the leather in favor of one that suited my chosen Missoni fabric better. I also added a bit of sparkle in the shape of a silver ribbon I picked up at Walthamstow market a few weeks ago.
And here are the results.
Here is a close up showing some details. I didn’t quite think through using the slightly delicate ribbon, as I have a feeling it will start fraying quite quickly. Might reinforce it with some glue in places.
I used bits of leather for the zipper tabs in my first version, but ended up scrapping this all-together as it ended up too bulky when sewing.